Author: Amanda Hocking
Publication Date: 1/3/2017
Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…
Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.
When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.
But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodies are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.
*I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the Publisher.*
I haven’t read anything by Amanda Hocking since her Trylle trilogy, which I loved, but I’ve her Kanin Chronicles series on my shelf for a while and really need to get to it. I usually have to reserve her books for when I’m in the right mood but luckily I was able to dive right in with Freeks and not reemerge until the story was over.
I absolutely loved the traveling side show setting. I think I could learn to love traveling with a group of people that consider the entire team a family of sorts. The book has an assortment of side characters each with their own eccentricities creating a diverse group of people. And while we don’t get a huge amount of background on ever single individual, we get enough to make them seem fully formed.
It’s not long into the story that we are hit with the feeling that something is “off” in Caudry though it’s not til the end that we get the whole story. But the feeling of unease creates an excellent pacing that had me turning the pages quickly in hopes of solving the mystery. Overall events unfold in a timely manner, helping to create a sense of drawed out urgency (if that makes sense?) but it’s the ending that left me feeling a little underwhelmed. Like I said we don’t find out the whole story til the last couple of chapters and everything unfolds in a way that left me saying “That’s it? It’s over?”. Had the ending been a little more developed in resemblance of the rest of the book I probably would have given this an extra star, as it is it fell a little flat.